The best experience of my life December 03, 2018

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 05/31/2018 to 07/02/2018 with

AIFS: Granada - University of Granada and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself personally and how to talk to multiple different people. My Spanish skills greatly improved, it was very worth it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

During my time in Granada, I could see the difference between AIFS and other programs. Administration wise, you could tell that they cared about you and had your best interests in mind. It was also incredibly organized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We got to see a lot about the culture, I just wish there was more opportunities to become involved with the locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I love AIFS a lot, the program was very well organized and thought out. Everyone I met at AIFS and through AIFS were amazing.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

If someone really only spent money on cheap food, it would be okay. It's just hard to control yourself when you're in a place like Granada.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Wait to buy presents for people, do it at the end when you're sure about what to get.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

A lot of our tours would be spoken in both English and Spanish.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? second level
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak it as often as possible, try to hold easy conversations daily.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The excursions and experiences
  • The care
* What could be improved?
  • More time with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would want to go longer than I did. Also to spend less money on things in the beginning.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.